Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Wellington regional providers

Kia tiakina te mātauranga ki te reo Māori | Fostering education in te reo Māori

Takatū Associates Limited

Takatū is focused on innovation and production in education and over the past 20 years has provided Aotearoa with learning programmes such as Te Ara Reo Māori and Te Reo Kairangi; more than 400 episodes of popular television shows - AKO and Ōpaki; Māori language versions of global cartoons including Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Penguins of Madagascar; and a new online system of learning te reo in ten easy steps called Mumu Reo.

Takatū will deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programmes in Tāmakimakaurau and Te Whanganui-a-Tara with a team of recognised Māori language specialist teachers at the helm: Pānia Papa, Leon Blake and Dr Karena Kelly. The digital content and online delivery team will be led by Puka Moeau, and operations across two large centres will be managed by Helen Maxwell-Blake. Takatū is backed by a strong network of kaiako with experience in te reo Māori excellence and teaching across a variety of levels and settings.

Our commitment to increasing Māori language knowledge and use by all who share a passion for excellence in teaching and learning is guided by the sage words of the late Dr. Wharehuia Milroy - Ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao mārama. Language is the key to understanding

Takatū is excited to be part of this nation-building initiative that will strengthen all levels of competency across our country’s education workforce to embed quality te reo Māori in all learning spaces throughout Aotearoa. 

Delivery Region/s


  • Rodney District in the north to Franklin District in the south
  • Waitakere Ranges in the west to Great Barrier; and
  • Waiheke Islands in the east.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington

  • Wellington City
  • Porirua City
  • Upper Hutt City
  • Lower Hutt City
  • Masterton District
  • Carterton District; and
  • South Wairarapa District.

Taumata/Levels being taught

Takatū will deliver programmes to cater for FOUR levels of te reo competency (all of which align with the seven levels of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori):

Takatū Levels

Paiaka 1


Takahi 1


Takahi 2


Kahiwi 1

Kahiwi 2


Karamata 1

Karamata 2


Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Levels

Taumata 1 o TAoTRM

Taumata 2 o TAoTRM

Taumata 3 o TAoTRM

Taumata 4 o TAoTRM

Taumata 5 o TAoTRM

Taumata 6 o TAoTRM

Taumata 7 o TAoTRM

Level descriptors:

  • Level 1: Paiaka – Absolute Beginners, taught in English
  • Level 2: Takahi – Beginners with confidence in using basic words and phrases in specific contexts, taught mostly in English with bilingual aspirations
  • Level 3: Kahiwi – Intermediate learners with conversational competence, taught bilingually, with immersion aspirations; and
  • Level 4: Karamata – Advanced learners with confidence in immersion settings, taught in te reo Māori

Takatū Programme Delivery and Attendance

22-week programmes will combine face-to-face engagement with blended e-learning and self-directed learning.  Your 22 weeks begins on your first wānanga or Kura Reo.  You will complete 170 hours of directed and self-directed learning in each programme. Below is a breakdown of the delivery dates and expectations over each of the levels.

Paiaka L1 (Beginners) and Takahi L2 (Advanced Beginners)

Weekend Workshops will be held on Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm with no sleepover component. You must attend 2 of the 3 offered.

Offerings (Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington)

  1. Sat 31 July 10am-4pm and Sun 1 Aug 10am-4pm
  2. Sat 28 Aug 10am-4pm and Sun 29 Aug 10am-4pm
  3. Sat 18 Sep 10am-4pm and Sun 19 Sep 10am-4pm

Offerings (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland)

  1. Sat 7 Aug 10am-4pm and Sun 8 Aug 10am-4pm
  2. Sat 4 Sep 10am-4pm and Sun 5 Sep 10am-4pm
  3. Sat 25 Sep 10am-4pm and Sun 26 Sep 10am-4pm

Kahiwi L3 (Intermediate) and Karamata L4 (Advanced)

Two Kura Reo will be held during the school holidays and one Kura Reo will be held on a weekend. You must attend 2 of the 3 offered.

Offerings (Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington)

  1. Fri 16 July 9am-4pm, Sat 17 July 9am-4pm, Sun 18 July 9am-12pm (TKKM o Ngā Mokopuna)
  2. Sat 28 Aug 10am-4pm and Sun 29 Aug 10am-4pm (Te Kura Māori o Porirua)
  3. Sat 2 Oct 9am - Mon 4 Oct 12pm (Takapūwāhia Marae with day-trip to Kapiti Island)

Offerings (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland)

  1. Wed 21 July 10am - Fri 23 July 12pm (Manaia Marae)
  2. Sat 4 Sep 10am-4pm and Sun 5 Sep 10am-4pm (Kia Aroha College)
  3. Fri 8 Oct 9am - Sun 10 Oct 12pm (Venue tbc)

All Levels:

Online Tutorials: 8 x 1 hour sessions over 8 weeks

(Nov, 2021 and Feb - Mar 2022)

All Levels:

Hui Whakakapi: 1-day hui which includes presentation of course completion certificates. You must attend 1 of the 3 offered.

Offerings (Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington)

  1. Sat 19 Mar 10am-4pm
  2. Sun 27 Mar 10am-4pm
  3. Sun 3 Apr 10am-4pm

Offerings (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland)

  1. Sun 20 Mar 10am-4pm
  2. Sat 26 Mar 10am-4pm
  3. Sat 2 Apr 10am-4pm

Directed Learning: Approx 5 hours per week across 22 weeks.

Self-directed Learning: Approx 30 hours across 22 weeks

If you are interested in joining our first intake in 2021 or would like to register early for the next intake starting in Term 2, 2022 please make contact with the Regional Operations Manager in your region. 

Contact person

Hinerapa Rupuha

Regional Operations Manager

Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland takatu.akld@gmail.com

Ph: 0800 825 200


Ngarangi Williams

Regional Operations Manager

Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington takatu.wgtn@gmail.com 

Ph: 0800 825 202


Pānia Papa


Ph: 021 516 836


Takatū Associates Limited provider profile

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Kāuru Limited

Kāuru is a provider of Māori education, specialising in teaching te reo Māori to the education workforce, providing a mana whenua lens over the Wellington and Manawatū regions which contributes significantly to the authenticity of their te reo Māori programmes.

Based in the bilingual town of Ōtaki, Kāuru has an innate ability to combine Māori education, Māori design and Māori ways of thinking to produce localised, contextualised and well-resourced te reo Māori programmes for participants.

Kāuru has a simple philosophy based on a Māori world view. The philosophy commits to ensuring that participants experience a journey of language learning that will have a profound and enduring effect on their teaching practice. The approach to delivery combines a sensitive and positive learning environment that is ideal for Māori and non-Māori alike.

Kāuru is inspired by core values (mātāpono) to guide participants through their te reo Māori journey:

  • Manaakitanga - In the context of teaching and learning, Manaakitanga includes being free of judgement, encouraging active participation and having support systems for engagement.
  • Rangatiratanga - The expression of rangatiratanga will be encouraged through the teaching of participants, the sharing of information and the recognition of AKO as a means of sharing learning experiences.
  • Whanokētanga - This principle value encourages innovation in thinking towards te reo Māori and how inheriting Māori practices can be normalised in different learning settings.
  • Māiatanga - Acknowledges the courage required to engage in learning te reo Māori, fostering te reo Māori and to ultimately be champions of te reo Māori revitalisation.
  • Takohatanga - Takohatanga is to have a sense of contribution. A contribution to a kaupapa; a contribution to a whakaaro; a contribution to a vision; a contribution to a purpose.

What ākonga will gain from participation:

  • Participants will gain the ability to pronounce words according to the local dialect.
  • The confidence to use te reo Māori in useful and appropriate ways.
  • The competency to structure simple and complicated sentences correctly.
  • A sense of responsibility to further contribute to te reo Māori prosperity.

The motivation to provide and co-create resources to normalise the use of te reo Māori in the learning setting.

Delivery Region/s

Kāuru has been endorsed by three iwi to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in their iwi regions. These iwi include:

  • Ngāti Raukawa te au ki te tonga – Region: Horowhenua, Manawatū and Rangitikei District; and
  • Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Toa – Region: Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Lower Hutt City and Wellington City.

Kāuru aims to offer delivery sites in Lower Hutt City, Wellington City, Porirua City, Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua.

Taumata/Levels being taught

Level 1 will be delivered in 2021 increasing to Level 6 by 2024

The taumata defined as learning outcomes from 1-7 will guide providers in the delivery of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. These taumata particularly focus on pronunciation, use, local dialect, resourcing and revitilising of te reo Māori.

Kāuru will strive to realise the intentions and the outcomes of the taumata framework with a view to start with taumata 1 while adding taumata every year. This means that by 2024, Kāuru would have progressed participants through multiple taumata while continuously supporting participants to ultimately normalise the use of te reo Māori in the education workforce.

Contact person

Te Whatanui Winiata



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